James Joyce - Albert Einstein - James Joyce - Leonard Bernstein -
71,461. By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind itself. He believed that is was for the man of letters to recover these epiphanies with extreme care, seeing that they themselves are the most delicate and evanescent of moments. James Joyce
71,462. I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. (Discovery & Epiphany) Albert Einstein
71,463. He did not want to play. He wanted to meet in the real world the unsubstantial image which his soul so constantly beheld. He did not know where to seek it or how, but a premonition which led him on told him that this image would, without any overt act of his, encounter him. They would meet quietly as if they had known each other and had made their tryst, perhaps at one of the gates or in some more secret place. They would be alone, surrounded by darkness and silence: and in that moment of supreme tenderness he would be transfigured.
He would fade into something impalpable under her eyes and then in a moment he would be transfigured. Weakness and timidity and inexperience would fall from him in that magic moment. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
71,464. Any great art work ... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. Leonard Bernstein